verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of chant
Related Words for chanthymn, shout, melody, singing, tune, mantra, recite, intone, lilt, song, warble, incantation, psalm, intonation, croon, carol, trill, descant, vocalize, chorus
Examples from the Web for chant
Contemporary Examples of chant
The owner of the original video of the “dead cops” chant told me it was taken on 32nd Street between 5th and Madison avenues.
The same night the “dead cops” chant was recorded, two police officers were attacked on the Brooklyn Bridge.
A car parked at a red light honked its horn in rhythm with the chant as the crowd passed in front of it.‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief
December 4, 2014
Some of the marchers began to chant at the anarchists, reminding them that the movement is bigger than them.Mexican Protesters Look to Start a New Revolution
November 21, 2014
Chant: Ve-al kulam, Eloha selichot, selach lanu, mechal lanu, kaper lanu.Jews and Non-Jews Need to Repent for the Sins of the U.S. and Israel
Rabbi Michael Lerner
September 24, 2014
Historical Examples of chant
Then, if you like, we can chant confidences in an antiphonal chorus.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
And then all the voices, the thousands of voices, began the chant of adoration and gratitude.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
You ought to hear Angie and the rest of 'em chant hymns of glory about him.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
That doleful wailing song of hers was the first chant of madness.The House Under the Sea
Sir Max Pemberton
At last he began to chant the death-song, which he had learned from the older braves.
Word Origin for chant
late 14c., from Old French chanter "to sing, celebrate" (12c.), from Latin cantare "to sing," originally frequentative of canere "sing" (which it replaced), from PIE root *kan- "to sing" (cf. Greek eikanos "cock," Old English hana "cock," both literally "bird who sings for sunrise;" Old Irish caniaid "sings," Welsh canu "sing"). The frequentative quality of the word was no longer felt in Latin, and by the time French emerged the word had entirely displaced canere. Related: Chanted; chanting.
1670s, from chant (v.), or else from French chant (12c.), from Latin cantus "song, a singing; bird-song," from past participle stem of canere.